Learn 10 Frenchie expressions

As you may already know I am French. The name of my blog kind of gives it away. So technically, Baba is half French too. Therefore I am aiming to speak Frenchie to him at all times. Obviously, it can sometimes be a bit awkward when I am with people who don’t understand what I am saying. But then again, I do what I want with my baby. After all, I did all the hard work when he was born, if you see what I mean ?.

Maintenant, a lot of you said that you liked the Frenchie bits in our posts so what about learning some key baby vocabulary in French?

I will separate the terms in two categories. The words that Baba loves and the others that he is not so keen on… Oh no, hold on, there must also be another part that is like neutral. But I am sure you already know them all:

  • Ça va? – How are you?
  • Un biberon – A milk bottle
  • Qu’est-ce qui se passe? – What’s going on? I would say it any time he starts crying or being fussy.

Now, let’s get on with the proper stuff!


Frenchie vocabulary that Baba aime

  • Mon amour – My love, my darling. It’s basically a sweet word to call him. As le petit monstre loves compliments, it’s indeed one of his favourite words.
  • Tu es beau comme un cœur – You are cute / lovely. Again, another praise. He likes thinking of himself as a beautiful boy. I mean, look for yourself. He is always happy to strike a pose…
Baba posing for the camera
  • Une moutarde – a mustard. Every time I ask him if he did one (you understand what a moutarde is, right? Otherwise, ask me in the comments part ☺), it makes him laugh. He loves the idea that Maman has to clean it off…I told you he was un petit monstre!
  • Un prout – A fart. Another word that always makes him laugh. My dear baby is far from being a gentleman. Burps and farts are a game to him. He particularly loves farting when I am changing him. We had this conversation many times. If he wants to meet the girl of his dreams one day, he must stop this bad habit. However, it seems like he doesn’t mind being a real cochon. He got this from his dad for sure, as Frenchie Mummy is a proper lady.

Baba déteste

  • Dodo – sleepy time. I use a lot this word, especially in the evenings. Often, le bébé pretends he didn’t hear it and turns around, carrying on with whatever he is in the middle of doing. Then we have the cries and a real battle to put him down. The poor soul is yet to understand that I am kind of stubborn and I always end up winning the fight anyway. Even if it means that I have to rock him in my arms, while making up silly songs for 20 minutes…
  • Arrête! – Stop! Another concept that Baba has not totally grasped yet. He will happily carry on doing what he wants. It’s often something he is not supposed to do, like endlessly rolling over while I am trying to change his nappy. But Frenchie Mummy is still hoping that he will get it one day…
  • Lâche! – drop it / let go. I know, I am not talking to a dog. But when he grabs something, he won’t let it go easily. Being very stubborn (both Grumpy Boyfriend and I are, so it had to happen ?), Baba never releases his grip. He particularly enjoys grabbing my hair and pulling it as much as possible. Not to mention my boobs that got grabbed and pinched so many time. Mon fils est une brute!

So here we go. Our first French lesson is over. I hope you enjoyed it. I did!


It’s like being back at school. Feel free to comment and ask me for specific words you would like to know in French. We don’t have to keep it baby approved ?. I would be more than happy to teach you very naughty Frenchie words

A bientôt lecteurs!


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  1. July 31, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Haha, thanks for the lesson 🙂
    Un prout is very common in our home, especially as I am outnumbered by hommes!

    Thanks so much for being part of #MMBC. Sorry it’s a late comment as on hols! Hope to see you tomorrow xx

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 31, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      Thank you so much for your nice comment. I will join again for sure xx

  2. August 1, 2016 / 6:28 am

    Another great post! I wish I’d carried on French after school – I was pretty good at it and now it’s fallen out of my baby brain! ? X

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 1, 2016 / 6:37 am

      I am sure it’s still somewhere in a brain box xx

  3. Nige
    August 1, 2016 / 7:45 am

    Brilliant love the French for fart might use that around our house because it goes on a lot lol sounds so much nicer than fart #fartglitter

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 1, 2016 / 7:55 am

      It is definitely not nicer! I can’t believe I am living with two little piggies… Thanks for reading x

  4. August 1, 2016 / 8:13 am

    I love the use of une moutarde, so much more sophisticated that ‘a stinkypooper’, I may well adopt. Although we are on solids now, so I may need to use boeuf bourguignon instead… And Lâche! Will be one I use a lot… #bigpinklink

  5. August 1, 2016 / 11:13 am

    My french is very limited but I do remember some of this from school x #bigpinklink

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 1, 2016 / 12:52 pm

      I am sure your French is not limited. Thanks for reading again x

  6. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    August 1, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    Ah, it’s all coming back to me from that drunked summer working in Tours… excuse the spelling but ‘poutain de bordel de merde’ seems to be at the forefront of my memory. At some point there was also a (wine induced) discussion with a french dude in French about the Irish potato famine….or at least that’s what I was trying to talk about. He could have been having an entirely different conversation really.
    I love the mustard nickname!


    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 1, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      French people love swearing. I wolve doing it. Putain is one of my fave. Grumpy Boyfriend is always asking me what I am merding / putaining about LOL. Thanks for reading x

  7. thimumslife
    August 1, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Brilliant!! It is indeed bringing back a lot of GCSE French from the back of my memory!! I love the word for fart-I may have to adopt that one!! And I love that you call a poop une moutarde!! Pre solids, poops definitely are just pure mustard aren’t they?!! Yes, ‘stop’ and ‘sleep’ were forbidden words by both of my babies funnily enough…!! Thanks for enlightening the #bigpinklink community!!

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 1, 2016 / 5:26 pm

      Happy you liked it. Thank you so much for your nice comment xx

  8. August 2, 2016 / 6:31 am

    This is brilliant! You boy learning two languages can only be a good thing, fabulous post!


  9. August 2, 2016 / 7:02 am

    I can remember some of these from school! Brilliant. Perhaps I will use some sneaky French swears and then no one can tell me off! Hehe. Xx #twinklytuesday

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 2, 2016 / 7:25 am

      You should! I always do it ☺ Thanks for reading x

  10. August 2, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    I was saying the words in my head and I am wishing that I am saying them correctly! I bet I am not though =P


  11. mummyhereandthere
    August 2, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    Insightful, I love the french language so beautiful X #twinklytuesday

  12. Fran @ Whinge Whinge Wine
    August 2, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    Oooh I felt like I learned something today. Tres bon! #chucklemums

  13. Mouse, Moo and Me Too
    August 2, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    Mes Amis, le bebe always looks so happy ? I take my eldest to a French class and we LOVE it. Big fan of Tchupi or whatever his name is. I’ve genuinely learned quite a bit from that class ? #twinklytuesday

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 2, 2016 / 7:34 pm

      Oh yes Baba is watching it! He is loving it! x

  14. Cheryl @ Tea or Wine
    August 3, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Oh I’ve always longed to be fluent in another language, it must be amazing to bring a baby up to be bilingual! I’ve taught my kids a few French words – they seem fascinated and always want to know more! They always ask to get down from the table now in French, mainly because I learnt this parrot fashion when I was a kid!! Thanks for the lesson, I’ll be passing on some of these words. #TwinklyTuesday X

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 3, 2016 / 8:46 am

      I am so happy you liked it! Thanks for reading and your nice comment xx

  15. August 3, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Merci pour des expressions. Mes enfants sont un peu francais aussi. #TwinklyTuesday

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 3, 2016 / 5:42 pm

      So you must know some of them for sure! xx

  16. August 3, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Great lesson and such a cute piccie…. #BigPinkLink

  17. Accidental Hipster Mum
    August 3, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    They should teach us these more useful phrases at school! I only remember the first few at the beginning of your post! Also isn’t he a lovely chubbly little thing? So gorgeous! x


  18. August 4, 2016 / 2:13 am

    Okay, now you need to add in a pronunciation guide. (I have a vague sense that in French you’re not supposed to pronounce half the letters that are written, but I don’t know which half!)

  19. August 4, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Thanks for this. I stared to try and learn French from Duolingo and was surprised at how hard I found it! I used to be good at French but that was when I could say J’ai onze ans and that was a looong time ago!


  20. downssideup
    August 4, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Ah, ma biche, c’est très utile. xxx

  21. August 4, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Love this Frenchie Mummy – Bebe always looks so adorable! My brother in law is French so I have picked up a lot of these phrases along the way with my nephew, especially why doesn’t he want to dodo!! Xx #bigpinklink

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 4, 2016 / 8:07 am

      Oh I didn’t know! That’s great! When we meet for real, I will talk in French with you ☺

  22. Squirmy Popple
    August 4, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    I love his rolls! There used to be lots of prouts in our house, but the Popple has grown out of them for the most part. My husband is Puerto Rican so she has similar love/hate relationships with Spanish words. The Popple is called ‘la beba’ and se loves ‘la luz’ (the light – she’s obsessed with lamps) and hates cálmate (calm down). #stayclassymama

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 4, 2016 / 7:15 pm

      That is so cute. Does your husband talk Spanish to her at all times? are your going to raise her bilingual?

  23. August 4, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    I would quite like to learn some swears I could use on the boy. Like Tu Petit Merde! But that would be mean and I’m pretty sure his teacher knows some French too…#fridayfrolics

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 4, 2016 / 9:23 pm

      Deal, I will do very naughty word in the next one x

  24. August 5, 2016 / 7:39 am

    Haha u need moutarde..actually can’t stop laughing. I feel like I have learnt more from this post than I ever did in the 3 years I studied French at school. Love it xx #TheList

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 5, 2016 / 7:54 am

      Oh you should join my lessons then because I really try to make it fun for kids! Thanks you so much for the RT xx

  25. August 5, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    I am going to have to add these to my Yiddish! Thanks Frenchie Momma! #fridayfrolics #stayclassymama #bigpinklink #fartglitter

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 5, 2016 / 8:49 pm

      how come I wasn’t following you on twitter?!!!! I thought I was!Mistake corrected right now…

  26. islandliving365
    August 6, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Oh I wish I could speak French. I learnt German at GCSE. French seems like such a lovely language, that even the rudest words sound delightful. I would like to know all the naughty words in french so I could say this without the children realising. Thanks for linking up with #FridayFrolics

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 6, 2016 / 9:52 am

      I will put some naughty words for sure on the next one. Other mummies asked me. Thanks for reading xx

  27. August 6, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Nice to see that the words babies don’t like are universal across all languages. Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

  28. Emma @ Our Whimsical Days
    August 7, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    How lucky your little one is going to have a good grasp on French as he grows up. I’m trying to learn it as an adult – not so easy!

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 7, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      Let me know if you need any help! More than happy to help x

  29. Jen
    August 8, 2016 / 5:07 am

    I feel smarter already! I speak Spanish and have always wanted to pick up French some day. Now I am at least armed with a few words thanks to your post. Well, at least I am ready for the next baby I meet:)

  30. Sarah Aslett @ Admissions Of A Working Mother
    August 8, 2016 / 9:01 am

    Love this post – the title pic is really cool! My favourite is of course “Un prout” laughed out loud at this! Thanks for the education – I love the way you write your blog! #stayclassymama

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 8, 2016 / 9:06 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment! I am happy that it made you laugh x

  31. Sarah
    August 8, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    Ah tres bien! J’adore le blog-post (complete with a gallic shrug!)…and that’s about the only Francais I know! Would love to learn more Frenchie expressions too #anythinggoes

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 8, 2016 / 2:57 pm

      I will post more for sure. Thanks for reading x

  32. Kat
    August 8, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    Love this, some I remember from school but some are new to me. I’m sure my pronunciation was way off! I would love to be able to speak french! Languages are awesome and Evie and I do sometimes spend a little time learning a few words together…again, pronunciation is not all there!

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 8, 2016 / 5:28 pm

      The most important is to have a go and enjoy it! I m sure you are doung fine xx

      • Kat
        August 8, 2016 / 9:24 pm

        We all practiced a little when we were in Disneyland and Paris in Feb 🙂 xx

  33. August 8, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    This is fantastic! My son’s best friend Mathilde Is French so they have been teaching each other words..children have nowhere near as much of a problem with language barriers as adults…and you don’t realise how much they pick up..until I was driving them both to swimming and they were chatting and my little man starting saying ecoute mummy ecoute!! As they were counting to ten..Google told me this means listen..so cute xx #stayclassymama

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 8, 2016 / 6:08 pm

      Lovely! ask me if you want to know any word! xx

  34. Rambles, Rants, Writings
    August 9, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    I love this post! I haven’t had a french lesson since high-school – about 17 years ago! I knew some of the words, but I’m so pleased I know the word fart in French now, I can see why Baba likes it so much, lol. Thank you so much for linking up to #AnythingGoes this post really made my day! 🙂

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 9, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      So happy! And your French must be good for you to know Prout! It’s not a common word in the textbooks. Thanks for reading and your lovely comment x

  35. August 9, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    I think no matter what the language is, Un prout – A fart, always makes them laugh. Sometimes I say it to get a good smile for a photo. It can’t be overused though, since tehy will suspect it then. M’wah! Viva la Frenchie Mama! #fartglitter

  36. You Baby Me Mummy
    August 10, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    I need to know ALL the words! We move to France in a year and my French is non existent! Yikes! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 10, 2016 / 5:05 pm

      I can help you anytime. Thanks for sharing it x

  37. Honest Mum
    August 10, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Love this and in France in 2 weeks. I got an A in French GCSE and a B in Greek bahahaa and husband is part Parisian yet can’t speak a word! Not good enough, love languages and this post is fab. Thanks for linking up to #Brilliantblogposts x

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 10, 2016 / 6:26 pm

      Enjoy France! Don’t worry about not speaking too much. I am sure you are very modest because you had a A! Grumpy Boyfriend is rubbish and Ican’t be bothered teaching him. He is always asking questions about the gender… How about that when I am a French teacher?! ?? xx

  38. Silly Mummy
    August 11, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    Love it! But where is the most important phrase in French: ‘Ou est la bibliotheque?’?! What do you mean, that’s not actually that commonly used in France? It was on every page of my French text book for 5 years! It’s not possible to survive in France if you can’t find the library, right? Right??

    Thanks so much for joining us on #FridayFrolics. Hope to see you next time!

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 11, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      Oui oui très important ? Thanks for reading x

  39. September 20, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    Ahhhh la moutarde. Did you know I met my husband when I was a lectrice in Dijon? No wonder our son is ‘une usine à moutarde’…
    As well as being able to now almost do a ‘prout’ on demande, our daughter also loves to pat our baby on the back and say ‘rot’ 🙂
    Oh and finally, I’ve discovered they never understand arrète or stop, no matter which one you use!

  40. January 12, 2017 / 10:48 am

    Ha ha excellent ! Mes 4 enfants sont aussi à moitié français et bilingues, et c’est drôle de voir que j’utilise les mêmes mots avec eux. A part moutarde : c’est une trouvaille que j’aurais aimé connaître quand ils étaient petits !

    • Cecile Blaireau
      January 13, 2017 / 12:01 pm

      haha suis certaine que vous aviez d’autres fabuleux mots qui ne sont pas dans la liste. Thanks for reading x

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